Olympic men's downhill postponed due to wind


The local organising committee and the International Ski Federation (FIS) rescheduled the men's downhill event at the PyeongChang Olympics on Sunday due to a strong wind.

Conditions are favorable on the mountain, aside from winds gusting up to 45 miles per hour.

Luckily for the male racers, they managed to get three downhill training sessions in under their belts, racing the third in similarly gloomy weather forecasts that eased at the last minute.

"I'm thankful to hear that because that's the way it should be in the Olympics".

"The jury will make a plan for the next days and we will inform asap".

"If that happens, I hope they give good consideration before running it because if there are tail-winds, it will have a huge impact on the race".

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"We are looking ahead because we are facing challenging conditions from Sunday", worldwide ski federation chief race director Markus Waldner told reporters on Thursday, according to Reuters' Nick Mulvenney.

The men's downhill event was originally set to start at 11 a.m. on Sunday at Jeongseon Alpine Centre in Jeongseon, Gangwon Province, but the organisers postponed the event because of an unfavourable forecast.

"We have some challenging days ahead", admitted Waldner.

According to the United States Ski and Snowboard Team, the event-which was slated to air live Saturday evening in the USA -has been delayed because of strong winds.

Disruption to the Alpine skiing at the Winter Olympics is not unusual and it is a rare Games where some re-jigging of the schedule is not necessary.

"But I am certain we will not start if it is risky and I think they will stage a fair race". "With this being an outdoor sport, it is not abnormal". "The only factor you're in charge of is how you ski".

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